Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter was in a praiseful mood when it came to his wide receiving corps Monday.
Just before naming Adam Humphries the team’s No. 3 receiver and starter in the slot, Koetter spoke highly of the group’s newest addition.
“Jonathan Krause, this guy’s been with two teams in New England and Philly,” Koetter said Monday. “[General manager Jason Licht] and his scouts, they knew about this guy. When he popped up on the waiver wire we had a spot for a wideout. We like what we’re seeing from this guy.”
Krause entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 2014 after being a four-year contributor at Vanderbilt, where he caught 98 passes for 1,197 yards and three touchdowns. His lone NFL game-day experience came when he appeared in two games last year with Philadelphia and caught two passes for 11 yards.
Krause didn’t spend much time on the market after the Eagles released him July 22. Licht and the Bucs scooped him up the next day.
Emerging as one of the active roster Bucs will be no easy task, but Krause may be able to help his cause by showing value as a return man. The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder has been dropping back deep during training camp to receiver punts and kicks. Krause spent his sophomore-to-senior seasons as the Commodores’ primary punt returner. He enjoyed his most success there as a junior in 2012 when he brought back 25 punts for 281 yards (11.2 yards per return) and two touchdowns.